Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,886 Ratings
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,886
Reviews:
1,202
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
484
For Trade:
3
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Photo of vwbus7
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spidey13
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation pours an amber/copper color with a small off-white head. The nose is great, with all kinds of citrussy hops and caramel. Yummy.

The front of the flavor is a bit watery. Not much there besides of hint of sweetness. This is followed by a big pop of hop bitterness that sticks around for a short while but then fades away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but is to be expected for this style of bit at this ABV.

Overally, this is a real nice drinker with a lot more flavor (mostly hops) from such a low ABV beer.

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Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a gorgeous deep reddish copper color with a thick white head that lasts well into the beer. It does finally give way to a nice film and spiderweb lacing. The aroma is more subtle than I've come to expect from Stone but delicious none the less. There is a lot of sweet malts on the nose with an underlying hoppy bitterness, mostly citrus and pine. The flavor is quite sweet at first with lots of malt and caramel notes this is followed by a bit of a bitter hop bite that resolves to a nicely balanced finish. The ale sips quite light and easy, almost too much so. I'd honestly like a little more coating and lasting flavor with this one. This is a nice amber/red ale but nowhere near the best of the offerings out there.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head; leaves a ring after each sip. Color is orange-amber with a light haze.

Good fresh hop bitterness to the nose.

Stark hop bitterness but it is not overwhelming. Thin body with a high level of carbonation--it feels like a seltzer. Smooth crystal malt flavor on the initial sip. Quite dry.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark goldenrod color with light amber hues and 1 finger head that left some light lacing.

S- Citrus and slightly floral hops dominate with a light roasted malt, nicely balanced however it was lighter than I expected.

T- Decent bitter citrus/earthy hops in the front, not extreme but there none-the-less, followed by light caramel roasted malt and a nice bitter slightly dry finish.

M- Very light, lighter than I thought it would be. Nice bitter beer similar to Surly Bitter Brewer, somewhat.

D- Very sessionable beer, light hops and even lighter malt with no alcohol presence is very nice for drinkability...

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

First off, with a name like Levitation i was expecting something in the Russian River "tion" line of Belgians. Instead i got an American Amber so kinda thrown for a loop at the beginning.

Pours a very dark red or amber color. Head forms quickly and dissipates just as quickly. Smell of earthy type hops with hints of caramel and pine cone. Caramel tastes come through in the beer but the earthiness and piney-ness are left in the aroma. Definitely some residual sweetness but that adds to the body. Great body for such a low alcohol beer (4.4%). Very easy drinking. You could easily drink a couple of these at the bar or bring home a six pack for the night.

Overall a very easy drinking tasty beer. Definitely doesn't blow you away by any stretch of the imagination but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer or not what the brewer intended. Wouldn't recommend for a tasting but would certainly pick up a six for a get-together.

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Photo of Brianofthemarsh
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Clear amber-red with awesome foamy tan head.
s - Citrus, pine, toast in the background
t - Pine, some citrus, toast. Very crisp. Let it warm and you get caramel and the hops get medicinal.
m - moderate-high carbonation at first. Let it sit and the carbonation fades, becoming more slick
o- a good session amber. Better cold.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured copper with a two-finger head. The smell is mostly hops with some grassiness and floral character. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that gives way to some citrusy and piney hops with a pretty decent balance. The mouthfeel is a little watery with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a reasonably complex beer that happens to be quite a bit less daunting than some of Stone's other offerings. I good one to try if you don't want something that will consume your whole night.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucid pomegranate with a fiery, lava-like flare when held into the light. Speaking of which, its head is also a little like magma - it rose to the surface, bubbled up and begun encrusting the sides of the glass. It has a nice shine and very appreciable clarity. If the depth of its colour is any indication this should be jammed packed with flavour.

The aroma is drenched in pungently piny hops just as bacon is drenched in grease; Stone always has a heavy hand when it comes to the hops. This is a budding bouquet, one boasting scorched caramel, rye bread, peaty smoked malts and a fragrantly green, herbal, ganja-like potpourri. It's a forest worth of resins coated in a light citrus spritz.

The flavour is definitely less aggressive, less ballsy, less brazen than the rest of the Stone lineup but it is equally less conventional, less timid and less lifeless than the vast majority of beers on the market. I'll gladly take this spongy toffee cake, pine resin drenched flavour over the bland (if not offensive) corn-saturated taste of mainstream beers.

Clearly the guys at Stone missed the memo saying "light" beers were supposed to be less characterful. This may fall short on the alcohol percentage but not on the IBUs - there is a peaty, pine-saturated fabric that vehemently sticks to the palate. The strangling, vinous aftertaste it imparts is appreciated. I'll gladly have another - or five.

Stone Levitation Ale is a great offering for those who - for whatever reason - choose or are limited to drinking lower alcohol beers. This doesn't really taste any lighter than standard offerings and is still at least doubly hoppy (read: flavourful) than most commercial beers. Levitation definitely raises the bar way up for lower strength, easily quaffable beers.

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Photo of joe1510
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

I get the chance to try this courtesy of Stoutnerd. Thanks for the opportunity. Poured a slightly hazed amber into my pint glass. Orange highlights appear when held to the light. A 1 finger white head sits on top but fades to just a top coating fairly quickly.

The smell is mostly malts. There is a caramel sweetness along with a raw doughiness that definately smells inviting. A little floral and citrus hop scents come through toward the end. Nice.

The taste is similiar to the smell. Malt up front in the form of dough and a small touch of the caramel. The hops come through a little more in the taste than in the nose. There is a decent bitterness in the swallow that lingers around for a little bit. The hops seem to awaken my mouth when they come forward. The flavors are a little on the weak side.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied but smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

This is a very sessionable beer from Stone. Easily the most sessionable of their beers if encountered.

Overall Levitation is a good beer, especially if you want to sit down and drink a six pack or so. I wish I could find it around here.

Slainte!

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Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Stone masterpiece. Clear, medium amber with short, silky head. Pure malt in the nose, nut hops come on full bore in the taste. Lingering bitter finish. Wonderful!

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Photo of brewsclues
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 4/18/13

Levitation has a low ABV, plenty of citrus/pine hop-forwardness, but a light, dry mouthfeel that isn't hollow. Boy, does "session able" ever get overused by this reviewer when drinking 7.9% double hopped malt-bomb blasts. Forgot it. THIS beer has the "slug back a couple" qualities that are appropriate for a light-red.

Dig this brew - it's not going to impress anyone at a beer-drinkers hipster party, just a solid drinkable beer for a session.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish-brown color with a mega 3-finger head and lots of rings of lacing.

S-a toffee nose with just a hint of citrus. Is that a sweet and spicy cinnamon as well?

T-it's malty, toffee, but not overly so because there's enough citrus hop flavor for balance.

M-light for its look. There is plenty of carbonation. The flavors last between sips.

O-another winner from Stone, a drinkable [yet hearty @ 4.4%] American Amber Ale.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark copper. Head is off-white and slightly creamy. Drops to a thin cap with a slightly larger dense collar. Sheets and streaks of lacing.

Smell: Slight hints of citrus. Caramel malts add a layer of sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch herbal. Pretty mellow with a slight roasted and toasted profile. A hint of earthiness in the back. A decent hop complexity.

Taste: A straight up replica of the nose with a backing bitterness. Some herbal and earthy notes under a bigger hit of grapefruit. Nothing aggressive. Slight bready sweetness. Caramel malts. Slightly toasted. A bit watery as it warms. Clean malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: I'll fly you to the moon and back.

Nicely drinkable with a good balance. Worth picking up when you just want something easy with enough flavor to be worth drinking.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange brown, the color is pleasing to the eye. A vanilla colored head, and a pretty good amount of it. Sticky, solid wall lacing.

Caramel malt. Grapefruit. Pretty hoppy, with some herbal notes and lemon zest as well.

A hint of piney hops. Light grains, some nuttiness. Caramel malt. Bread. Finish is grapefruit, again with some herbal notes, a wee bit resin-sticky with lingering if slight bittering.

Slightly chewy body with a bread feel is interrupted by crisp carbonation, though prickliness is restrained. Carbonation becomes quite creamy. Despite the full feel, it is very refreshing brew, and of course sessionable, what with being tasty and low ABV.

EDIT: I'll admit, I tweaked the numbers. Upon a post-review looking at scores I've given recently, I realized that my review for this beer placed it well above a beer I liked as much if not better. The numbers reflect my thinking, while previous numbers were more good-beer mainstays that I am trying to shy away from.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Deep clear red, rusty brownish, under a fingers worth of white head. Good retention, good lace.

S: Grapefruit hops hits the nose first, followed by a more tropical fruity hoppiness. I'm not getting a lot of malt character here, which isn't surprising considering the taste.

T: Taste of some tropical fruit and citrus grapefruit. Maybe some slight hints of a sweet malt, with a moderate bitter finish. The hops are really showcased here, with the malt taking a backseat.

M/D: A light, semi-watered down body. Carbonation is a little high. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as it is low ABV, pretty tasty and easy to go down. This amber ale really showcases the hops. Not in a IPA way, but they are here in numbers. I would have liked a little more maltiness, but it is not bad.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PaleZombie
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Amber copper color, very clear about 1 finger of head that vanished fairly quickly.

S - Great citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit, lemon, slightly tropical with a decent amount of caramel malts.

T - Bitter grapefruit starts, caramel malts in the middle with a somewhat floral hop note at the end.

M - Fairly light body, medium to high carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

O - This was pretty tasty. More hop forward than I was expecting which was nice. The only place it fell short was in the mouth feel which I cant ding it to much being such a low abv. This would be a great session beer that I could drink all day and not get too hammered.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bold rust-colored body with ever-so-slight chill haze. Head is quite impressive, a thunderhead the color of homemade vanilla ice cream. Retention is solid, but undermined by big, snappy bubbles.

Smell: Estery hops, and plenty of 'em, running the gamut from geraniums to grapefruit. A bit lacking in the toasty malt scent that I love about American reds, but still good. Caramel and a light banana aroma are also present.

Taste: Ah, there's the toast I'm looking for! A very pleasant, fruity, toasty, nutty malt base with snappy, floral and citric hops. Y'know, this is good, but I must say... it's kind of weak! I didn't think Stone could brew such a well-behaved little beer. Everyone's worthy of this one, for sure.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Fairly chewy but a little too slick in the finish.

Drinkability: This is not as refreshing or as flavorful as other American reds out there, but nevertheless, a sixer would make for a nice session.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into perfect pint glass

A- great dark amber with huge frothy off white head. Required a two stage pour. Lacing around the head is nice as is a nice retention of the head

S- to me this smells like hops with citrus and floral very noticeable despite its malty appearance

T- muted hops and some delicate malt. Maybe an old bottle. Flavors seem toned down

M- medium to light. Very dry finish

D- all day.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of falloutsnow
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Stone's Levitation ale is a fine, well-crafted brew that offers moderately strong citrus hop flavor in a low ethanol package. While a bit one-dimensional at times, this is certainly an excellent session brew for hop-enjoying people.

Pours a 2cm, light tan head, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above average, gradually fading to a thin cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional, significant blotches and patches of foam stick to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber to copper color, with active carbonation visible from the bottom and sides of the glass.

Aroma of citra hops primarily: grapefruit rind bitterness on top of a mild base of modest caramel malt. Well-balanced, if not a bit two-dimensional.

Tasting overall reveals an amber ale that comes across as more of a heavily hopped American pale ale than anything else. Enjoyably bitter and grapefruit-like, if that's your preference. Front of palate picks up modest grapefruit rind and bitterness with modest malt sweetness undertones. Mid-palate continues grapefruit rind bitterness with further modest caramel-colored malt sweetness. Back of palate picks up modest grapefruit and hop bitterness, which also lingers into the aftertaste.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium to low levels of carbonation. The beer could stand to be a bit more carbonated without suffering. The resultant mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, crisp, somewhat smooth. Closes dryly.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red, with lots of sediment. Bottle's not dated, so can't be sure of freshness. Nice head of soapy, off-white bubbles. Impressive spider-web lace.

On the nose, I get some citrus hoppiness.

Taste is mild - but with a definite hop bite. This one bills itself as a "red/amber", but I'd consider it more of a lighter pale ale with a stronger malt backbone.

Very delicious, and surprisingly session-worthy.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,886 ratings.
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